"In this book, John B. Boles and Bethany L. Johnson piece together the intricate story of historian C. Vann Woodward's 1951 masterpiece, Origins of the New South, 1877-1913. Sixteen reviews and articles by prominent southern historians of the past fifty years here offer close consideration of the creation, reception, and enduring influence of that classic work of history."
"It is rare for an academic book to dominate its field half a century later as Woodward's Origins does southern history. Although its explanations are not accepted by all, the volume remains the starting point for every work examining the South in the era between Reconstruction and World War I
In writing Origins, Woodward deliberately set out to subvert much of the historical orthodoxy he had been taught during the 1930s, and he expected to be lambasted. But the revisionist movement was already afoot among white southern historians by 1951 and the book was hailed
Woodward's work had an enormous interpretative impact on he historical academy and encapsulated the new trend of historiography of the American South, an approach that guided both black and white scholars through the civil rights movement and beyond."--Jacket
Includes bibliographical references
C. Vann Woodward and the reconstruction of the New South / Bethany L. Johnson -- Review of Origins of the New South, 1877-1913 / Allen W. Moger -- Origins of the New South in Retrospect / Sheldon Hackney -- Origins of the New South in Retrospect, thirty years later / Sheldon Hackney -- Right fork or left fork? The section-party alignments of Southern Democrats in Congress, 1873-1897 / Carl V. Harris -- Redeemers versus Agrarians? / Carl V. Harris -- Redeemers reconsidered: change and continuity in the Democratic South, 1870-1900 / James Tice Moore -- The historical context for "Redeemers reconsidered" / James Tice Moore -- Origin of origins / C. Vann Woodward -- "On the pinnacle in Yankeeland": C. Vann as a [Southern] Renaissance man / James C. Cobb -- C. Vann Woodward and the burden of Southern populism / Robert C. McMath Jr. -- Gender and origins of the New South / Glenda E. Gilmore -- The political economy of the New South: retrospects and prospects / Harold D. Woodman -- Origins of the New South and the Negro question / Barbara J. Fields -- Reflections on Woodward's origins / William F. Holmes -- Gender and Vann Woodward / Anne Firor Scott -- C. Vann Woodward and the confessions of a "continuitarian."